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Helleborus thibetanus - 2017


By Andrewr

Helleborus thibetanus - 2017 (Helleborus thibetanus)

Rare species of hellebore, only re-introduced to cultivation in 1991. Very small, growing not much more than a foot tall, and has disappeared again by July. It has been trying to flower for about three weeks, and has finally managed to open a flower now that the weather here is less cold.

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That's a beauty Andrew, shame it is not more widely grown.

1 Feb, 2017


Very pretty Andrew.

1 Feb, 2017


What a beauty.

2 Feb, 2017


Its gorgeous ...

2 Feb, 2017


Sbg - the flowers are small, it blooms so early they will often be damaged by the weather, and it is a bit demanding, so I don't think it will ever become a popular one to grow.

2 Feb, 2017


The stripes are interesting. Does it produce viable pollen? A bit of hybridisation maybe?

4 Feb, 2017


Sue - this is the first time since I started growing it that the flowers have not been damaged by the weather, but there don't appear to be any pollinators around yet. Maybe I'll have to get out there with a small artist's paintbrush.

4 Feb, 2017


That's a shame as small varieties have a place, well they would with me. :o)
good luck with the paint brush :o)

4 Feb, 2017


What about putting some pollen onto a H. orientalis or H. x hybridus see if that will produce seed?

5 Feb, 2017


My other hellebores are barely through the ground yet. But if this is still in flower when they open theirs, it's certainly worth a try.

5 Feb, 2017


Andrew, some pollen will last a little if wrapped in cling film and put into the fridge, not weeks though.

6 Feb, 2017

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